Full-Time Employment

We offer generous professional development opportunities to qualified full-time​​ employees.​​ The Virginia Aquarium recruits and hires most employees through the City of Virginia Beach.

If interested in learning more about the opportunities and to view all full-time jobs currently available:

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Part-Time Contract Employment

We are currently seeking:

Hourly rate | $11.00

Hours: Hours vary, some weekends required.


Duties | Assist the horticulture section with nature trail and horticulture exhibit maintenance, including but not limited to:

  • Mulching, maintaining, and weeding plant and shrub beds, lawn areas, and walkways
  • Pruning and trimming trees and shrubs
  • Planting, raking, collecting, and removing debris
  • Operation of a lawnmower, leaf blower, and weed eater
  • Loading and unloading tools, equipment, soil, gravel, and sand for project assignments
  • Maintaining plants in an indoor environment
  • Storm damage cleanup
  • Other horticultural duties as required.

Requirements

  • High school graduate or GED plus some outdoor work experience.
  • Ability to use common gardening and hand tools.
  • Ability to perform physical labor under various climate conditions for extended periods.
  • Ability to bend and kneel for extended periods.
  • Ability to use a backpack blower and string trimmer for extended periods.
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds. Interact with staff, volunteers, and public in a pleasant and professional manner.

Preferences

  • Have a general knowledge of horticulture practices and a desire to learn.
  • Knowledge of native Virginia plants is desirable, but not required.
  • Horticulture experience is a plus.

To Apply

Email your resume and cover letter to broosa@virginiaaquarium.com
or
mail to
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

If selected, applicants will be hired through Abacus Staffing Services.


Hourly rate | $11.00


Hours | Vary based on program demand and include weekends and evenings.


Duties | Responsible for providing an exceptional guest experience by presenting engaging and informative educational presentations on Dolphin Watching tours in the summer and fall and Whale Watching tours in the winter on board our 65’ Atlantic Explorer catamaran.

  • Check-in guests on public tours and private charters.
  • Supervising volunteers.
  • Conduct interpretative programming for guests.
  • Encourage guests to follow social distancing protocols.
  • Provide exceptional customer service to every guest, every trip.
  • Work independently of other Virginia Aquarium staff to deliver educational programming.

Requirements

  • Prior experience conducting nature programs in a formal or informal setting
  • Valid driver's license
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs.

Preferences

Preferences: Excellent presentation and in-person customer service skills; ability to communicate effectively with staff, volunteers, audiences of all ages/developmental abilities, and general audiences; ability to handle tasks independently and detail-oriented; previous experience in an outdoor program setting and background in science is a plus.

This position is open until filled.

How to Apply

​Send resume and cover letter attention to Michael Mizell, Boat Coordinator
E
mail mwmizell@virginiaaquarium.com
Fax
(757) 437-4976
or
Mail to
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Internships

We offer several internships for college students throughout the year. These unpaid volunteer positions provide career exploration for rising college juniors and seniors seeking academic credit with an interest in pursuing careers related to biology, marine biology, science education, aquarium sciences, or related support staff positions

Fellowships

We also offer fellowship opportunities in marine science, animal care, exhibits, and education, to college or post-graduate students. The Batten Fellowship also includes a stipend to help offset personal and incidental expenses. Batten Fellowships fund students to complete work in specific projects and programs.


Descriptions for all fellowships currently available and how to apply can be found below.


The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center's Guest Engagement staff is now accepting applications for an Early Learning Batten Fellowship.


  • The application deadline is open until a candidate has been selected.
  • Fellows are expected to work 400 hours over a consecutive three-month period, starting in May and ending in August.
  • Fellowships will be fulfilled in accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines and positions are subject to change based on the most current recommendations.
  • Housing is not provided by the Virginia Aquarium.
  • Fellows are fully responsible for fulfilling all requirements of their home institutions to receive academic credit.
  • $11 per hour pay

Position Overview
The Early Learning Fellow will be responsible for helping develop and implement the Discovery Garden program with a focus on developing and implementing fun educational content accessible to an early learning audience.


Duties

  • Develop Garden activities in line with the current COVID guidelines that encourage the exploration of nature and science through play for a young audience.
  • Create opportunities for a wide age range of children, including pre-kindergarten and school-aged children, to explore and learn about nature at the Aquarium.
  • Facilitate programs that cater to an early learning audience that share core conservation messages that are easy for all guests to understand.
  • Conduct research and evaluation on the Discovery Garden programming offered in order to ensure target messages are met.
  • Supervise and mentor Discovery Garden volunteers to ensure a positive, fulfilling experience for them and for guests to the Virginia Aquarium.
  • Work with staff to ensure guests’ needs are met with excellent customer service.
  • Fellow will create Discovery Garden Program Guide.

Required Qualifications

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must be a rising junior, recent graduate, or currently pursuing a post-graduate degree in a related field.
  • Must be self-motivated, articulate, mature, reliable, and responsible. Should work well independently as well as with a team.
  • Must be physically fit with the ability to lift 50lbs and stand for long periods of time outdoors.
  • Be comfortable in and around open water and boats.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrate interest in a career in environmental education and/science communication.
  • Have some experience working with an early learning or young audience.
  • Have excellent communication skills.
  • Be comfortable talking to guests and providing good customer service.

Position Requirements

  • Possess a valid U.S. driver’s license.
  • Pass a City of Virginia Beach background check.
  • Be available to work during the Aquarium’s operating hours, 9 am-5 pm/7 pm (summer) daily, which includes weekends and holidays.

Fellowship Learning Objectives

  • Develop fundamental engagement skills and test strategies for informal environmental education communication.
  • Gain programming and facilitation skills through oversight of the entire program planning process.
  • Facilitate teamwork through positive actions and activities.
  • Deliver a formal report of the experience that includes insight and knowledge gained that can be shared with the education staff in an informal presentation.

Fellow Schedule
Fellow is expected to be available 4-5 days per week, 9:00am-5:00pm/7:00pm (summer). Weekend and holiday coverage are expected.


Minimum Commitment Required is 400 hours


Fellowship Supervisor/Mentor
Equity, Community, and Learning Team Lead


Work Location
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center


Application Requirements
A complete Early Learning Batten Fellowship application packet must include the following. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

  • A Cover letter indicating the specific Batten Fellowship opportunity for which you are applying. There is some flexibility with the fellowship start and end dates; please include any known schedule conflicts in your cover letter.
  • A Fellowship expectations letter. This should detail what you expect to do and gain from your experience.
  • Resume
  • College Transcript(s)
  • Two letters of recommendation. One must be an academic reference.

Completed Application Packet

Mail your completed application packet to:
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Boulevard
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
Attn: Volunteer Engagement – Batten Fellowship

OR

Email your complete application to:
Interns@VirginiaAquarium.com
and copy kpburns@virginiaaquarium.com.

Please type “Early Learning Fellowship” in the subject line. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

The Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center's Guest Engagement staff is now accepting applications for a Watershed Warrior Batten Fellowship.

  • The application deadline is open until candidate has been selected.
  • Fellows are expected to work 400 hours over a consecutive three-month period, starting in May and ending in December.
  • Fellowships will be fulfilled in accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines and positions are subject to change based on the most current recommendations.
  • Housing is not provided by the Virginia Aquarium.
  • Fellows are fully responsible for fulfilling all requirements of their home institutions to receive academic credit.
  • This competitive position includes modest compensation to help offset personal and incidental expenses over the course of the appointment period.

Position Overview
The Watershed Warrior Fellow will be responsible for helping develop and implement the Watershed Warriors program with a focus on developing and implementing fun educational content on the importance of watersheds. This inclusive person will serve as a role model for diverse youth docents and mentor them to engage a wide variety of guests to the Virginia Aquarium.


Duties

  • Develop station activities and engagements in line with the current COVID guidelines that highlight the importance of watersheds and the roles watersheds play in conservation.
  • Engage a wide variety of audiences to the Aquarium to educate them on how they can take action to protect their local watersheds.
  • Supervise and mentor Watershed volunteers to ensure a positive, fulfilling experience for them and for guests to the Virginia Aquarium.
  • Train and coach Watershed volunteers to engage guests while communicating Watershed-specific educational content.
  • Work with staff to ensure guests needs are met with excellent customer service.
  • Facilitate additional team-building exercises and programs for the Watershed Warrior volunteers to build their skills and retain their interest in the organization.

Required Qualifications

  • Must be at least 18 years old.
  • Must be a rising junior, recent graduate, or currently pursuing a post-graduate degree in a related field.
  • Must be self-motivated, articulate, mature, reliable, and responsible. Should work well independently as well as with a team.
  • Must be physically fit with the ability to lift 50 pounds and stand for long periods of time outdoors.
  • Be comfortable in and around open water and boats.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrate interest in a career in environmental education and/or science communication.
  • Have some experience mentoring and coaching volunteers or students in the noted age group.
  • Have excellent communication skills.
  • Be comfortable talking to guests and providing good customer service.

Position Requirements

  • Possess a valid U.S. driver’s license.
  • Pass a City of Virginia Beach background check.
  • Be available to work during the Aquarium’s operating hours, 9am-5pm/7pm(summer) daily, which includes weekends and holidays.

Fellowship Learning Objectives

  • Develop fundamental engagement skills and test strategies for informal environmental education communication.
  • Gain supervisory and mentoring skills with a diverse youth volunteer team.
  • Facilitate teamwork through positive actions and activities.
  • Deliver a formal report of your experience that includes insight and knowledge gained that you share with the education staff in an informal presentation.


Fellow Schedule
Fellow is expected to be available 4-5 days per week, 9 a.m. 5 p.m., 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. during the summer. Weekend and holiday coverage is expected.


Minimum Commitment Required is 400 hours


Fellowship Supervisor/Mentor
Guest Engagement Education Project Supervisor


Work Location
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center


Application Requirements
A complete Watershed Warrior Batten Fellowship application packet must include the following. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

  • A Cover letter indicating the specific Batten Fellowship opportunity for which you are applying. There is some flexibility with the fellowship start and end dates; please include any known schedule conflicts in your cover letter.
  • A Fellowship expectations letter. This should detail what you expect to do and gain from your experience.
  • Resume
  • College Transcript(s)
  • Two letters of recommendation. One must be an academic reference.

Completed Application Packet

Mail your completed application packet to:
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Boulevard
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23451
Attn: Volunteer Engagement – Batten Fellowship

OR

Email your complete application to:
Interns@VirginiaAquarium.com
and copy kpburns@virginiaaquarium.com.

Please type “Watershed Warrior Fellowship” in the subject line.


Incomplete application packets will not be considered.

Learn more about Batten Fellowships.